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Pediatric Infectious Disease 

The doctors in the Infectious Disease Department do more than just treat the flu. Infectious diseases can occur in almost every organ system. Members of the Infectious Disease team provide treatment for many common infectious problems, as well as more unusual and serious illnesses.

Contact Us

To make an appointment, please call 314-577-5644.

Common Illnesses

Illnesses most commonly evaluated and treated are:

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections

Persistent and recurrent fevers

Chronic sinus infections

Recurrent strep throat


Bone and joint infections

Positive TB skin tests

Our doctors also commonly provide advice to parents of children who are planning to travel outside the United States. Special vaccinations are required for travel to a number of countries. Medications to prevent infections such as malaria are commonly required for travel to certain areas of the world.

Preparing For Your Visit

Clinic is held Monday through Friday, typically in the afternoons, although special accommodations can be made for morning appointments. Visits usually last about an hour and include a review of your child’s medical history, a physical exam, and lab tests.

There are several things you should tell our physicians about your child during your visit. These include:

Your child’s symptoms

How long your child has been experiencing these symptoms

What home treatments seem to help the condition

Your child’s general health history

Other family members experiencing similar symptoms

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon trains the medical students of Saint Louis University and pediatric resident doctors. These individuals may also be involved in the evaluation and care of your child, but all aspects of visit will be supervised by an attending physician. These physicians are always available after the clinic visit to discuss any questions or allay any concerns a parent or child might have.

Following the visit, the physician who evaluated your child will send a letter to your child’s primary care doctor that discusses the recommendations resulting from your visit. You will also be contacted when the lab work has been completed, a process that may take up to a week. Parents are also encouraged to call our physicians at any time with questions about the visit.

National Network for Immunization Information

American Academy of Pediatrics

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Meet the Team

Stephen Barenkamp, MD, Director

Dennis O’Connor, MD

Ed Anderson, MD

Theresa Forsythe, Secretary

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